Supermarket managers today are intent on improving their practices for a couple of key reasons – for one, they’re looking to save money in a field with very little room for error, and for another, they also need to look out for any issues with regulatory compliance. There’s good news, though – store operators have found a prime “two birds with one stone” opportunity to address both needs. All they need to do is take a closer look at their refrigeration service.
One report, for example, indicates that companies can make significant improvements to both their reputations and bottom lines simply by changing their refrigerants. Experts agree that one small step can have a major impact.
The rise of natural refrigerants
One thing supermarkets are doing in spades is reacting to regulatory changes such as those limiting the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants. According to ACHR News, the logical next step is for managers to turn toward natural refrigerants that don’t pose any regulatory issues. Thierry Jomard, president of European organization Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, told the news source that this is happening on a widespread basis.
“This research reflects the shift we’ve observed across the industry over the past two years,” Jomard said. “What we’re seeing today is an intersection point between legislation and increased acceptance of how natural refrigerant technologies can contribute to the overarching goals of carbon footprint reduction and increased energy efficiency.”
Better regulatory compliance is a business boon in several ways – it helps companies improve their reputations, avoid costly fines and other penalties and ultimately improve the sustainability of their businesses.
Invest now, save later
Changing up your refrigeration infrastructure is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. More than likely, it will cost a bit of money – at least at first. But Nina Masson, head of market research at Shecco, told ACHR News that any initial investment is liable to pay off down the road.
“Investment in CO2 systems has to make financial sense, and the cost of CO2 system installation is a barrier for some,” Masson said. “There is work to be done, but there is strong evidence that the difference in initial investment cost between CO2 transcritical and traditional systems is coming down.”
Natural refrigerants are becoming a viable option because they make long-term fiscal sense. They incur an expense now, but they create future savings in numerous ways. Managers everywhere may want to reconsider their maintenance approach.